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Dolphins and Volcanic Wonders Tour Including Swimming With Wild Dolphins

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    Stop At: Tamarin Bay, Mauritius

    You will start your day with the experience of a lifetime, and one of the most popular activities in Mauritius, swimming with wild dolphins in their natural environment. Once you get on board the speedboat, the professional and qualified skippers will start by briefing you on the important aspects of this experience. You will then head to Tamarin Bay for the dolphin encounter. The skippers will accompany you in the water when it’s your turn to swim with the dolphins. You will enjoy 2.5 hours on the open sea viewing the dolphins and swimming with them. Depending on the amount of time left, you will then go to The Aquarium, a popular snorkelling and diving site with beautiful coral and tropical fish.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Trou aux Cerfs, Curepipe, Mauritius

    After swimming with wild dolphins, your driver will take you to discover the Trou aux Cerf volcano. You will be able to enjoy the 360 degree views from the top of the volcano while taking a stroll around the crater. This dormant volcano stands at around 600m above sea level, and on clear days offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the island.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Grand Bassin Road, Mauritius

    Drive by the largest reservoir in Mauritius, the Mare-aux-Vacoas, on the way to Grand Bassin, a tranquil and serene crater lake considered sacred by the Hindu population. Discover the Hindu culture by visiting the temples around the lake and enjoy the peace and quiet of the surroundings. You will also be amazed by the tall statue of Shiva and the view from the highest temple. Be sure to watch out for the monkeys and wildlife. Note: It may not be possible to make this stop in the month of February or March as the area is also a pilgrimage site during the festival of Mahashivaratree.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Black River Gorges National Park, Mauritius

    Nature lovers will enjoy the incredible views of the Black River Gorges, the largest national park in Mauritius. Covering an area of 6754 hectares, the park is home to numerous endemic flora and fauna and provides visitors with beautiful hikes, with varying levels of difficulty. During your drive through the park and Plaine des Champagnes, you will also get to stop and admire Alexandra falls and viewpoint, and if they’re in season, like the locals, you’ll want to pick a few goyaves de chine!

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark, Chamarel, Mauritius

    Visit the popular Chamarel, the coloured earth site, where in addition to the geological wonders of the seven coloured dunes, you can view the Chamarel Falls, the most famous waterfall in Mauritius! And, make sure you stop by the giant tortoise pens before leaving the park!

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up at all hotels, B&Bs, apartments on the island. Please let us know which hotel, B&B or apartment you're staying at. Note that this excursion starts 7:30am on the west coast of the island, so your exact pickup time will depend on where you are staying, but will typically be between 5:30am and 7am. We will let you know your exact pickup time upon booking.
    Departure Time
    7:30 AM
    Duration
    8h
    Inclusions
    • A 2.5-hour encounter with wild dolphins in the open sea
    • Snorkeling near the coral reef (snorkeling gear provided)
    • Services of a fully licensed, qualified driver
    • Air-conditioned and insured taxi, minibus or coach
    • Waiting time
    • Parking Fees
    • Fuel surcharge
    • Hotel pickup and dropoff
    Exclusions
    • Entrance fees to Chamarel are Rs. 250 (6 Euros) for adults and Rs. 150 (4 Euros) for children
    • Lunch or snacks
    • Entry/Admission - Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • The dolphin portion of this outing is not recommended for pregnant women. All children under 12 years old should be accompanied.
    • In almost all cases (90%+) you will see the dolphins. However, if this is not the case, a second outing will be offered on the boat free of charge (transportation to and from your hotel are not included for the second outing). It’s important to note that there will be no refund once you have completed the activity.
    • This tour lasts up to eight hours, and you will be able to choose how long you spend at each attraction (except for the dolphin portion). Depending on your group’s speed you may not have time to see all the listed attractions. You will be able to stop for lunch but the price of the lunch is not included
    • Bring swimwear for the dolphin's portion, and comfortable walking shoes for the rest of the tour
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 July 2019

    Our driver Nadil collected us from our hotel promptly and was was very friendly and knowledgeable. The whole day was a lovely experience and we can't recommend Nadil enough. The highlight however was swimming with dolphins in the wild. We were taken out in Black...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Kevin B
    Bonjour M, Guest Relations Manager at SSR Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2019

    Hi Kevin, thanks for the nice comments! We're glad you had a great time and we'll let Nadil know that you liked his knowledge of the island and his driving skills!

    Reviewed 7 June 2019 via mobile

    It was an awesome experience. There were too many dolphins and the boat man was very patient. He gave us 4 chances to jump on water and swim with them. We were there for close to 1.5 hours. He even gave flippers, snorkeling equipment and...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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    Bonjour M, Public Relations Manager at SSR Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2019

    Thanks for the wonderful comments! We're glad you had a so many opportunities to swim with the dolphins, and had a great excursion!

    Reviewed 25 May 2019 via mobile

    We had a wonderful day with a very helpful driver/guide who speaks English perfectly and explained everything quite well. We felt comfortable all the time and enjoyed it very much! Thanks as well to the back office, always fast in responding to our questions and...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank Ann-Kathrin L
    Bonjour M, Guest Relations Manager at SSR Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2019

    Thank you Anni for the wonderful comments! We're glad you had a great time on the trip, and we hope you are enjoying Mauritius!

    Reviewed 18 May 2019

    We got picked up from a private taxi who where also our tour guide for the day. It starts with the dolphin tour. I was Literally shocked because I did a dolphin tour in New Zealand before and it was quite the opposite experience. There...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Dailytraveller199
    Bonjour M, Guest Relations Manager at SSR Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2019

    Hi, It's great to hear that you liked the volcanic wonders portion of the tour and the driver. The Mauritius Tourism Authority only allows boats to carry passengers to swim with the dolphins between the hours of 7am and 10am, so it's not uncommon for...More

    Reviewed 14 May 2019

    We were picked up by a private taxi who was to be our 'guide' for the day. I use the term guide loosely because he did not provide any information on the attractions or show us around any of the locations either. The first stop...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank zoegren
    Bonjour M, Guest Relations Manager at SSR Botanic Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2019

    Hi, We're glad you had an amazing experience with the wild dolphin swim, but we're sorry to hear about the lack of information given by our driver. While our drivers do not accompany guests into the different attractions, they should give some information about the...More

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    VandaR48
    17 September 2019|
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    Response from Bonjour M |
    Hi, the chances of seeing wild dolphins are very good as typically 95%+ of the times clients are able to see wild dolphins. Please select enter your desired date, and number of people, and click "Check Availability" to get a... More
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    U7945FYamyr
    25 August 2019|
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    Response from Bonjour M |
    Hi, the tour is private except for the swimming with wild dolphins portion. On the boat, there are typically up to 10 people.
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    Traveler60164428744
    18 August 2019|
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    Response from Bonjour M |
    Hi, that's correct - we are able to pickup anywhere on the island including Ravenala Attitude.
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